Obituaries

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Deacon Louis Barone

Class of 1987

Deacon Louis Francis Barone, 92, of Woodstock, died Oct. 23 at his home surrounded by his family. Deacon Barone was ordained in 1987 and served at St. Ansgar Parish, Hanover Park.

Born in Cicero, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944, after graduating from high school. He graduated from the DePaul University School of Law in 1951.

In 1961, he married his wife, Joan Sweeney, now deceased. He served as a Hanover Park village trustee, village clerk and, for 12 years, village president. He also was active in the Illinois Municipal League and the Northwest Municipal Conference.

He was ordained a deacon after retiring from municipal government, serving in a variety of ministries at St. Ansgar, including as business manager. He started a village-wide food pantry and a police chaplain ministry.

He moved to Woodstock to live with his family after the death of his wife, and was active at St. Mary Parish there.

He is survived by his son, John Barone; daughter, Mary Ann Rizzo; three grandchildren; and a sister, Nancy Gray.

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Deacon William D. Maune

Ordained in 1982

Deacon William D. Maune, 95, died Oct. 24. He was ordained for the Diocese of Rochester in 1982 and began serving at St. Irenaeus Parish, Park Forest, when he moved to Illinois in 1994.

Deacon Maune was a World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Corps as a ball gunner on a B-24 Liberator. He married his high school sweetheart, Winnie, on a furlough in 1944. After the war he worked as a steamfitter, an exterminator and then worked for Kodak. During his career at Kodak, he worked in New York; Chicago; Hartford, Connecticut; Boston and Rochester, New York, where he retired in 1982 to work full-time as a deacon.

He continued his work as a deacon at St. Irenaeus Parish until he retired in 2002, due to his blindness. He continued to serve as a eucharistic minister and volunteer at St. Irenaeus until his death.

He was predeceased by his wife, Winifred. He is survived by his children Bernadette Maune, Mary Fote, William Maune, Anne Bell and Joseph Maune; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Deacon Thaddeus Czarnecki

Class of 1977

Deacon Thaddeus W. “Ted” Czarnecki, 86, died Oct. 26, He was ordained in 1977 and has served at Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard parishes in Elk Grove Village, where he lived for 59 years.

Deacon Czarnecki was a Navy veteran, a retired accountant/comptroller, served as coach and treasurer for Elk Grove Village Boys Baseball and was a former 10-year member and treasurer for the Lions Club of Elk Grove Village.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Geraldine; children Thaddeus Czarnecki, Karen J. Wolak and Kathleen M. Czarnecki; four grandchildren; and a brother, Leonard Scott.

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Deacon Michael Monnelly

Class of 1982

Deacon Michael Monnelly, 79, died Oct. 27. He was ordained in 1982 and and served at Queen of All Saints Basilica.

Born in Chicago, he grew up in St. Bonaventure Parish and attended DePaul Academy and, later Marquette University in Milwaukee. After serving in the armed forces, he worked as a systems analyst for IBM.

At Queen of All Saints, he enjoyed doing baptism preparation and baptisms. He was a member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, and he taught computer skills to formerly incarcerated men at St. Leonard’s House.

He is survived by his wife, Louise; children Colleen Neary, Joellen Mendoza, Emily Monnelly and John Monnelly; 11 grandchildren; and siblings Patricia, Frank and Ed Monnelly.

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Sr. Mary Adrian Jaroch

Nurse

Providence Sister Mary Adrian (Bernadette) Jaroch, 85, died Oct. 3 in Winfield, Illinois.

Born in Chicago, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1956 and professed final vows in 1963. 

She served in Indiana, Connecticut and Illinois.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served as a nurse at Whitehall North, Deerfield (1979-1981, 1986-1988); as director of health care at Divine Word Residence, Techny (1989-1991); as a hospice nurse at VNA North, Evanston (1991-1992); as nursing supervisor at Colonial Manor, LaGrange (1992-1993); as a nurse at Brighton Gardens, Prospect Heights (1997-1998); and as a nurse at New Perspective, Wheeling (1999-2002).

Sister Mary Adrian’s experience in hospice care early in her nursing career helped her grow not only in skill but also in compassion. Always willing to help, after her retirement from active nursing, she continued serving her sisters in the Chicago area who needed care when they were ill. 

Sister Mary Adrian is survived a sister, Patricia Maher.

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Sr. Ann Romayne Fallon

Educator

Adrian Dominican Sister Ann Romayne (Patricia Joan) Fallon, 91, died Oct. 6 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Detroit, she was in the 72nd year of her religious life.

She ministered in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Alaska.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Laurence (1957-1958); Infant Jesus of Prague, Flossmoor (1958-1959); and Queen of Angels (1959-1964). She served at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette as principal (1977-1983), president (1983-1988) and interim president (2000-2002).

She is survived by her sisters, Margaret E. Fallon and Kathleen Fallon.

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Fr. Raymond C. Baumhart

Loyola University president

Jesuit Father Raymond C. Baumhart, 95, died Oct. 10.

Born in Chicago, Father Baumhart graduated from DePaul Academy and attended DePaul University while working as the associate director of the Chicago chapter of the Boys Club (now named Boys and Girls Clubs of America), an organization that provides after-school programs and mentoring for young people. In 1943 he transferred to Northwestern University and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He began his Navy career by studying at Northwestern and, in 1944, studying business administration at the Harvard Business School. He went to sea on the President Polk, a troop transport ship, as a junior officer in 1945. He was honorably discharged from the Navy and entered the Society of Jesus in 1946.

In 1963, Father Baumhart was the first clergyman to earn a doctorate in business administration from Harvard University. His dissertation was on business ethics.

After ordination and the completion of coursework for his doctorate, Father Baumhart spent more than three decades at Loyola University Chicago. He taught personnel management, business ethics and statistics (1962-1966), was assistant dean (1963-1964) and was dean of the School of Business Administration (1964-1966).

He then spent two years (1966-1968) researching and writing at the Cambridge Center for Social Studies (a Jesuit think tank aimed at work on business ethics and social justice). Father Baumhart returned to Loyola as executive vice president (1968-1969) before becoming the acting vice president of Loyola’s Medical Center (1969-1970). He had a major hand in the 1969 opening of the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.

In 1970, Father Baumhart became the 21st and longest serving president of Loyola University Chicago (1970-1993). His tenure saw the university grow in both enrollment and physical space. He also oversaw the merging of Mundelein College with Loyola in 1991.

After a sabbatical, Father Baumhart served on Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s and Cardinal Francis George’s advisory cabinets, became the director of Evangelization and Christian Life for the Archdiocese of Chicago (1994-2000) and served as a personal consultant to Cardinal George (2000-2011). He also served the Loyola University Jesuit Community as superior of the Jesuit residence (2006-2007) and treasurer of the community (2007-2011). In 2011, He moved to the Colombiere Center in Michigan to pray for the Society of Jesus and the church, and care for his health.

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Fr. John Rodney

Educator

Divine Word Father John Rodney, 88, died Oct. 11 in Techny.

Born in Chicago, Father Rodney grew up in St. Elizabeth, Chicago’s oldest African-American parish. As a teenager in 1946, he enrolled in Divine Word Seminary at East Troy, Wisconsin, and professed religious vows in 1952.

After completing his seminary studies in 1960, he was ordained to the priesthood. Father Rodney continued his studies while serving in pastoral ministries. He earned master’s degrees in classical languages and German literature and a doctorate in comparative literature.

During the 1960s, he provided pastoral care for parishes in predominantly African-American communities, including St. Anselm and Our Lady of the Gardens. In 1967, he was assigned to Divine Word seminary in East Troy. He later taught college-level German, Spanish, Latin and Greek at Divine Word seminaries. He also served as a hospital and nursing home chaplain in Washington, D.C.

He is survived by his sister, Marie Davis
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Sr. Marie Alexis Geiger

Educator

Providence Sister Marie Alexis (Elizabeth Clarissa) Geiger, 91, died Oct. 14 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Born in Indiana, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1946 and professed final vows in 1953. She ministered in Indiana, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Sister Marie Alexis, an able administrator, was supportive and appreciative of all with whom she worked. She was also fun-loving, rarely missing an opportunity to be part of a group, whether it was to play cards or just to socialize.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Francis Borgia (1956-1963).

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Fr. Phillip F. Cioffi

Associate pastor

Father Phillip F. Cioffi, 64, died Sept. 17. He was associate pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (Belmont Avenue) until he retired in July.

Born in Chicago, he attended Our Lady Help of Christians School; Fenwick High School, Oak Park; DePaul University; and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1981.

Father Cioffi served as associate pastor at St. Frances of Rome, Cicero; Our Lady of Mercy; St. Bernardine, Forest Park; Immaculate Conception, Highland Park; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Father Jeremiah Boland, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Glenview, remembered his classmate as “one of the most beloved members of the class of 1981.” Boland added that “he was bright and had a terrific sense of humor. He was greatly influenced by the spirituality of St. Philip Neri.”

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